Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michel Boudrias
Associate Professor
Marine and Environmental Studies
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental and Ocean Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The student learning outcomes of the Environmental and Ocean Studies Degree include:

Fundamental principles in environmental studies, including (a) principles of natural sciences (ecology, earth sciences), social sciences (policy, economics, sociology) and the humanities (history, ethics); (b) the interconnectedness of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities in an environmental context; and (c) how human activities affect these connections.

The scientific method, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab, or the scientific literature.

Function successfully in laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment and techniques and putting into practice the basic steps of the research process.
Employ the scientific method using real-world data, including formulation of hypotheses, the use of varied approaches (experimental and observational) for testing hypotheses, and appropriate interpretation of data encountered in class, lab and the literature.

Conduct literature reviews to obtain information, including accessing all forms of literature to investigate topics, critiquing sources and organizing information in a meaningful way.
Synthesize a cogent argument in language appropriate to the field of study, including written and oral communication skills, and presentation of results using graphs and equations, when appropriate.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Under the Peace Building and Social Innovation Minor, students can expand their career goals by gaining the insights and know-how needed to develop innovative solutions to today's social problems. Students who pursue Peace Building and Social Innovation as a minor learn to take action and effect change through applied learning, deep conversations and community engagement. The orientation of the minor towards social entrepreneurship and peace building educates and addresses social and environmental sustainability.


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